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Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching

Please note this qualification is subject to CUAP approval.

Inspire the next generation, transform learning and foster imagination by becoming a teacher. A Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Waikato is a qualification that sets you up to become a skilled and reflective teacher. We produce qualified teachers who are in high demand both in New Zealand and around the world.

If you’re due to complete your undergraduate degree or you’re seeking a career change and already have a degree, consider teaching. With a Postgraduate Diploma Teaching it takes one year to gain your qualification. Entry into this programme requires a bachelors degree.

Teachers are influential community members, making a difference to young people and their learning, knowledge and skill acquisition. They play a major role in helping their students develop their independence and success in their lives.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be among the best-prepared teaching graduates and highly regarded by education employers, within NZ and overseas. With separate courses for Primary, and Secondary teaching, the PostGradDipT combines Professional Education papers with placements in schools.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International

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Career opportunities

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

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  • Entry requirements: Bachelors degree or xxxxxxxxx
  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, mixed media presentation (MMP - mainly online with some week-long blocks of contact time in Hamilton)
  • Start date: February

Prepare yourself for a career in secondary schools, working with young people aged 13-18 years old. We can prepare you for most curriculum subjects. There are currently shortages in English, maths, science, technology and te reo Māori. NZTeach have a wide range of scholarships available throughout the year - learn more about these.

You'll learn how to teach your curriculum areas and develop skills in teaching and learning. This programme consists of eight papers (120 points) at 700 level. Three cover your chosen curriculum area, two are practicums, and three are Professional Education papers.

Your previous tertiary study

Your chosen curriculum area needs to align with your previous tertiary study. To teach an NZ curriculum subject at senior level (year 11-13), 300 level university papers are required. To teach junior levels (year 7-10), 100 and 200 level university papers are required. When you apply for the programme you will need to submit your degree transcript(s). The programme leader/coordinator discusses and advises the appropriate programme once applicants reach the interview stage.

Curriculum subjects

Curriculum subjects we teach include (but are not limited to):

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health & Physical Education
  • History
  • Languages (various)
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Technology (all areas - see 'Aspiring Technology teachers' below)

Please Note: that some smaller areas such as Psychology, Guidance Counselling and Environmental Studies are taught via special topics, however, students must be capable of teaching in another main area (based on papers taken in their previous qualification), such as Social Studies.

  • Entry requirements: Bachelors degree or xxxxxxxxx
  • Location: Hamilton, or mixed media presentation (MMP - mainly online with 15 days on campus in Hamilton - five each in January, June, and August)
  • Start date: Early January

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, intermediate and middle schools or kura, working with children from five to 13 years old. You'll gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum, classroom management, the teaching and learning process and educational policies and practices. During the year, there will be three practica, with 14 weeks spent full-time at a school under the supervision of an associate teacher.